numinousness

numinousness

(ˈnjuːmɪnəsnəs)
n
the fact of being numinous
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This seems, however, to have been done on purpose: the organic world is namely inferior to the spiritual, but the soul gives it the structure, so that the soul partakes of this low reality which it tries to raise again to celestial beauty and radiance, by virtue of the celestial beauty's force of attraction / numinousness and its power to render transparent by filling spaces with its light.
For instance, in an essay "On Stories," he appreciates the numinousness that some gothic tales convey.
It is the ungraspable mystery of this, its numinousness and oddity, that registers so finely in "Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought / As doth eternity" (ll.
To a remarkable extent, the film realizes this unusual aspiration: it sees the world through the awakened eyes of childhood as if with a sixth-sense for the numinousness of reality.
The relation of this to prevailing values is discussed in the following chapter, which traces the flow from Enlightenment semiotics to Romantic symbolist theory, as Romantic thinkers sought 'a securer basis on which to claim that the numinousness of aesthetic ideas [.
It becomes the object of a certain readability; through the shaping of form, it acquires the numinousness and/or desirability--the figural status--of fetish.
Second, provided that such an experience does arise, even without many congregants hearing the sermon, a corporate sense of numinousness could have been enough to create a subjective sense of direness on the part of the unconverted.
A famous passage in A Farewell to Arms declares a soldier's preference for the substantiality of count-nouns over the numinousness of ideal concepts: "Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates" (185).
The most intimidating person in the room is a baby who looks like the actor Treat Williams and radiates a spooky numinousness.
Shakespeare are characterized by numinousness and interconnectedness.
The viewer's appetite is whetted by this collection of world-weary freak- show characters--each of whom has the psychological numinousness of an archetype--who seemingly hold the future of humanity in their sweaty hands.
Gerstel also limits her assessment to the sanctuary, the place of the church building's greatest numinousness.